Mr. E and I were lucky enough to visit this magnificent ancient chestnut tree in Ryedale (in Cumbria/the UK’s Lake District) in early fall.
It is estimated to be about 500-600 years old.
Age is but a number.
Incidentally, yet most probably unrelatedly, one of his poems was called.. ‘nutting’.
Bonus chestnut geekery:
(courtesy of wikipedia)
- The sweet chestnut was introduced to Europe from Sardis, in Asia Minor, and was called the ‘Sardian nut’.
- In ancient Greece the chestnut was seen as ‘acorn of Zeus’.
- In Japan chestnuts are served as part of the New Year’s menu, representing hard times as well as succes, mastery and strength.
- In Madeira (Portugal’s archipelago) chestnut liqueur is a beloved traditional beverage.